On December 9, a panel of 3 judges in the Netherlands convicted Geert Wilders of incitement to discrimination, and also of insulting an ethnic group.
Nonetheless, the two most recent polls show Geert Wilders, an anti-Islam, anti-migration politician far ahead of the pack.
Wilders Heads Polls
A quick check of Opinion Polling for the Dutch General Election, 2017 shows Wilders strongly in the lead for the next Dutch election.
The current coalition between Murk Rutte’s VVD (People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy) and Diederik Samsom’s PvdA (Labour Party), is all but dead.
It appears Wilders will win (get the most seats). However, unless Wilders can form a coalition, he will not be the next prime minister.
Wikipedia explains: The first Rutte cabinet’s parliamentary majority was provided by Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam, -immigration, and -EU Party for Freedom (PVV), but this majority became unstable when Wilders’ party refused to support austerity measures in connection with the Euro crisis. Therefore, elections for the House of Representatives were held on 12 September 2012. The VVD remained the largest party, with 41 seats. Since 5 November 2012, the VVD has been the senior partner in the second Rutte cabinet, a “purple” coalition with the Labour Party (PvdA).
Rutte may not survive the next election. If he does, it will be an unstable coalition of many political parties banding together to keep out Wilders.
Such coalitions may rule for a while, but will have a very difficult time passing legislation.
If Wilders comes in first, even if he cannot form a coalition, it will be another vote of no confidence in the immigration politics of German chancellor Angela Merkel.
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Mike “Mish” Shedlock
No wonder…maybe people have had enough?
Another apparent sign for victory of good over evil. Go Wilders!
And this is especially noteworthy coming from a Dutch population that is largely liberal and progressive.
Today’s news reports another truck terrorist attack in Berlin with multiple casualties. No wonder all the socialist nations are turning anti-immigrant.
You know that old saying: “A conservative is a liberal who got mugged the night before”.
Stuki Moi said:
“A conservative is a liberal who got mugged the night before”
That’s certainly been the case for the past 40 years. Which is why conservatism has been rendered just as useless as liberalism over that period. Until all we really have, is a “power” party, who all cling equally hard to the notion that government, of all things, is some sort of useful institution. Rather than, at best, a necessary evil to be radically (very radically, as in Jefferson administration sized) minimized at all and any cost.
Fred Rogers said:
The EU collectivists (globalists is the new favored label for the same failed idea?) may or may not be able to block Wilders … but they are doing so with a legal technicality.
The distrust of illegal immigrants and extremist Islamist groups is a much bigger trend than just Wilders or just continental Europe.
If the collectivists prevent Wilders from becoming PM — it makes him a symbol of the anti-collectivist cause.
We just watched another EU court “convict” Christine Lagarde, only to determine that zero punishment was appropriate. Even if Wilders is guilty (I have absolutely no idea, but Lagarde clearly is guillty) — the globalists can’t actually do anything without making themselves look worse.
Maybe Wilders “wins”, maybe the globalists find a technicality to use against him. Either way — the voter sentiment that he represents is not going away
Hopefully Wilders wins and can build a coalition government.
Diederik Samson left the PvdA party after losing the election for party leadership this week. He has been punished for his warm loyality to the austerity neoliberals of Rutte.The former municipal board executive of Amsterdam, Lodewijk Asscher will take over. But he is a weak debater. Academic talking heads like neoliberal Rutte, social liberal Pechtold and christian democrat Buma will easily wipe him out. Anyway the socialists of PvdA will be wiped out in March 2017. Also Jeroen Dijsselbloem will need to apply for another job. And Draghi will loose as he recently called his “Boss of the Euro”. Dijsselbloem is part of the euro establisment.
The PVV indeed has the lead in the polls, but Wilders will certainly not capable to form a new coalition. Rutte, highly unpopular after not respecting the full NO against the Ukrain Association Treating, will either be capable to form a stable majority coalition. Presumably he needs five or six party from right and left. We might end up in a Spanish situation.
But support for Wilders’ party will strengthen after the terrorist attack in Berlin. As said this tiny country invited 58.000 refugees and in fact we offered them free services as status holder like a free rent house, some welfare payment and employment support. The original Dutch population is slowly shrinking, but immigration is compensating. The prediction is that the population will grow to 18 – 20 million in 2025 which means 400 inhabitants per km2. Bear in mind that 60% of the Netherlands is 2 – 8 m below sea level! Hydraulic pumps needs to work day in day out to keep our feet dry. Dutch water management still is a world wonder. But not sustainable in the long run.
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